Jazz Journalists Association named Wycliffe Gordon the 2019 Trombonist of the Year (for a record-breaking twelfth time), and he has topped the DownBeat Critics Poll for Best Trombone five times (2018, 2016, 2014, 2013, and 2012). He’s the recent recipient of the Louie Award, the International Trombone Award, and the Satchmo Award, among others. Mr. Gordon is a prolific recording artist and is most sought after for his signature sound, plunger technique, and unique vocals. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings, soundtracks, live DVDs, and documentaries.
In addition to a successful solo career, Mr. Gordon tours regularly, leading his quintet, headlining at legendary jazz venues, and performing at arts centers around the world. He is commissioned frequently and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world, and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s All Things Considered is heard daily across the globe.
Mr. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and he has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center series. A persuasive and committed music educator, he is visiting artist in jazz studies at Arizona State University and director of jazz studies at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.
Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.